Which Predator Kayak to Choose: 13 or MX?

Predator Kayaks

The Predator 13 and Predator MX,  from Old Town Canoes and Kayaks are sleek and innovative fishing platforms that offer a lot of great features for kayak anglers of all types. Saltwater bays and marshes, open ocean, freshwater lakes, streams, rivers, or small ponds, the Predator kayak can do it all. What is the point of offering two different models, you might ask? Well, let’s take a look at both boats and focus in on some distinguishing characteristics and differences between the two new models.

Predator Kayak - 13

Predator 13:

  • Designed for Larger Bodies of Water – With an elongated bow keel line, the Predator 13 is able to take on the more adverse conditions you may encounter on larger bodies of water, such as larger wind chop or surf, due to its superior tracking ability. Large lakes, bay systems, and the open ocean are the perfect playing grounds for the Predator 13.
  • Rod Pod Storage Hatch – This elongated hatch that is found in the front deck space is only found on the Predator 13 and is designed to give you the ability to stow away smaller rods and reels while out on the water. The top of the hatch offers multiple mounting locations for electronics, rod holders and other accessories.
  • Large Bow Hatch – A perfect place to store larger items that you’d like to take with you on your trips. It is fairly easy to take off the hatch and store items such as tents or folding camp chairs in the large cavity found in the Predator 13’s bow.
  • Rudder Capable – To help increase the performance of the Predator 13 on larger bodies of water, you have the ability to mount a rudder on the rear handle. With this essential piece of equipment, it will be much easier to tackle strong crosswinds and currents that you can experience in wide open areas. The Predator 13 Rudder Kit is available at ACK.com.

Predator Kayaks - MX

Predator MX:

  • Designed for Smaller Bodies of Water – Unlike the Predator 13, the Predator MX does not feature the elongated bow keel line that is needed for those long paddles on large, open areas. Instead, the MX has a more rounded hull that helps make it more maneuverable on bodies of water that are smaller and have more moving water. Small lakes, gentle rivers and streams are where this boat shines.
  • Uncluttered Deck Space – With nothing on the floor of the deck, you will find a large space to move about freely and stand facing whichever direction you care to without having to be mindful of anything tripping you up.
  • Maneuverability – At only 12 feet long, the Predator is perfect for navigating tight quarters where the ability to turn easily can be key. Couple the shorter length with the rounded hull design and you have a kayak that can pretty much explore all the little nooks and crannies you always wanted to access, and still be able to turn around and get back out easily.

As similar as these two boats are, they are still two very different kayaks suited to various types of fishing and water bodies. No matter what conditions are out there, you can rest assure that one of these two awesome new fishing kayaks will tackle whatever you throw at them!

Top 4 Backpacks For The Gear Savvy Student

Get Ready for School With One of ACK’s Top 4 Backpacks

The best gear not only performs well on the trail or on the water but also meshes with your everyday life. For students getting ready for back to school, a perfect example of this would be your backpack. Investing in pack that performs well on the trail and on the way to your classroom is a great way to kill two birds with one stone and save money while you’re at it! Check it out as we go through the Top 4 Backpacks for the Gear Savvy Student this fall.

Top 4 Backpacks - Thule Sling Pack
Thule Sling Pack

Thule Crossover Sling Pack

The Thule Sling Pack is an old favorite for students looking to keep things simple. Made with water resistant, durable fabrics and sturdy aluminum hardware, it’s ready to take anything you can throw at it. Plus, with it’s sleek, low profile design & ventilated back, it’s perfect for cyclists and light trail running. The one drawback this pack suffers from is its lack of space compared to other day packs, however it makes up with it’s interior compartments geared toward keeping you organized. It even has a protective sleeve for your laptop. Of the four packs, the Thule Sling is the least built for being on trails and more set up for urban use.

Top 4 Backpacks - Columbia Drifter II Backpack
Columbia Drifter II Backpack

Columbia Drifter II Backpack

Next on our list is the Drifter which comes from a brand we all know and love very much here at ACK. The Drifter comes packed with all the features you need for serious day tripping  and features Columbia’s Backdraft ventilated back panel and their Omni-Shield water-shedding exterior. It is equipped with a removable hip belt for heavy loads, extra strong straps & a rugged exterior making this pack perfect for short weekend trips on the trail as well. During the school week,  it has plenty of internal organizer pockets, a padded 15″ laptop sleeve & an electronics pocket.

Top 4 Backpacks - The North Face Recon Backpack
The North Face Recon Backpack

North Face Recon Backpack

Well organized &  well designed, the Recon is a 29-liter day pack favorite that functions great outdoors or on campus. While it’s on the pricier side, it is jam packed with features like a stow-able waist belt, iPhone compatible pocket and a padded laptop sleeve that doubles as a pocket for your hydration bladder. It even includes a cleverly placed hose port. One downside to this pack would be it’s lack of ventilation making it a much better fit for lighter adventures around town or commuting to the classroom. If you are looking for a durable & organized pack for urban adventures – this is one for you.

Mountain Hardwear Lander Backpack

Last but not least, the Lander pack is more ready for the trail than the classroom, but it can certainly handle both. It is constructed with tough, durable 210D HexRip and 420D nylon panels to ensure a long life on the trail or off. What’s nice about the Lander is how much thought was put into the design to keeping the wearer comfortable. It has a fully padded back panel, shoulder straps and weighs less that most similar day packs. Like the Recon, the Lander is equipped with a multi-use laptop/hydration bladder sleeve as well as plenty of internal organizers for gear & school supplies.

Top 4 Backpacks - Mountain Hardwear Lander Backpack
Mountain Hardwear Lander Backpack

 

It’s Getting Hot Out There! – Check Out H20 Options for Any Sized Adventure

The temperature are creeping up and it’s crucial you stay hydrated matter what you’re doing, whether it be a light run or a multi-day back country excursion.

There are a wide variety of ways for you to get the H2O you need. Check out these ACK videos as we give a break down of essential products for Hydration on Longer AdventuresHydration when Hiking & Running and Hydration at Basecamp then comment below and tell us how YOU stay hydrated outside!

What’s Your Dad’s Adventure Personality?

Dads are always happy in the great outdoors!
Dads are always happy in the great outdoors!

Father’s Day is fast approaching and if you need a gift for the kind of dad who likes anything relating to the outdoors, the hardest part about your shopping experience at ACK is going to be picking out which one to get! To help you narrow down your options, we’ve selected a few top gift ideas for whatever adventure personality best describes your dad.

Use our Gift Guide and shop from the following adventure personalities:

Of course, if you don’t see exactly what you want in our guide, we’re sure you’ll find it after doing a little browsing!

Engel Live Bait Cooler – New Product

The Bait Cooler from Engel
The Bait Cooler from Engel

Keeping live bait on a kayak can be a tricky, and sometimes expensive, task to deal with.  Most people just simply drag a floating bait bucket with them, but that can add a lot of drag to your boat and cause it to handle differently.  Well the folks at Engel Coolers have come out with a new product that should help make keeping live bait in your kayak alive much easier than it has been!

Included Charging Accessories
Included Charging Accessories

Introducing the new Engel Live Bait Coolers.  These are based off Engel’s popular Dry Box Cooler series and give you the ability to keep your bait alive and well during your fishing trip.  Available in a 13 quart, 19 quart, and 30 quart models, there is a size that will fit almost anyone’s needs.

The Live Bait Cooler comes with a air pump that is powered off of 2 D-Cell batteries and can also be plugged into a cigarette lighter in your vehicle to help keep your bait alive on overnight trips.  When your Live Bait cooler is full with shrimp, minnows, or whatever bait your choose, run the pump on high power to keep them lively.  As the day goes on and your bait supply starts to dwindle down, set it at a lower speed to conserve your power.  We expect these bait coolers to arrive today!  Good luck, and see you on the water.

 

Jerron@ACK

New Products from C-Tug!

The new and improved C-Tug cart.
The new and improved C-Tug cart.

C-Tug has revamped their kayak cart and brought you and even better product!  Previously C-Tug offered their cart with an inflatable tire that you could increase or decrease the tire pressure as you saw fit.  Well now they have designed the cart with a puncture-free wheel that is even more durable, it’s called the Kiwi Wheel!  The beautiful thing about these new Kiwi Wheels is that they will retro fit old C-Tug carts with the inflatable tires, so basically anyone can upgrade!

C-Tug's Sidewinder Wheel Attachment
Sidewinder Wheel Attachment

Just when you thought that was enough, C-Tug pulled something else out of their sleeve to help enhance the cart even more.  The product is named the Sidewinder.  Yep, just like the snake.  This attachment connects to the Kiwi Wheel and allows for a much wider tire that gives you the ability to pull the cart over soft sand or mud without it becoming “bogged” down.  The wider stance redistributes the weight over a greater surface area allowing the cart to stay up on top of  the loose footing.  See how it relates to the snake in name?  Floats over sand…more nimble on loose surfaces…no?…ok, I’ll stop.  Definitely give these products some consideration when looking for a new cart.  You won’t be disappointed!

Jerron@ACK

Malone AirFlow Crossrail System

Malone AirFlow Universal Cross Rail System
Malone AirFlow Universal Cross Rail System

The folks at Malone Autoracks are at it again, launching their new AirFlow Crossrail System that fits right on to your vehicle’s factory rack. This unique rack incorporates aerodynamically shaped bars to help reduce the amount of wind noise a typical rack with round or square bars makes while driving down the road. Awesome feature right?

Not only will you not be able to hear your rack whistling as you drive, but no one will be able to steal it while your car is parked. That’s because the AirFlow Crossrails come complete right out of the box with built in locks to help secure your new rack to your vehicle. Even better!

If you are looking for a great rack to haul your toys that is simple to install, has great features, and won’t drain your bank account, check out the new AirFlow Crossrails from Malone. You won’t be sorry that you did.

National Geographic’s 2013 Gear of the Year

National Geographic recently released their top gear choices for the 2013 Spring/Summer and we’re proud to say that we carry four of these refined outdoor toys. These National Geographic designated “must-haves” include the following:

Big Agnes Fishook UL2 Tent – At less than four pounds, this two person, three season tent from Big Agnes employs a unique closure system that replaces normal zippers with hooks and loops. Take a look at this one if you are tired of your tent partner waking you up when they zip open a door to get outside. National Geographic says the “effect is like switching from a diesel engine to a hybrid”. 

Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero Shirts – Columbia’s most recent Omni technology is designed to make you cooler in hot weather. Yes, that’s right – these fabrics absorb sweat and body heat to provide a cooling feeling. It’s a very unique technology  and we invite you to learn more by watching this video

Astral Brewer Water ShoeAstral’s first foray into the world of water shoes has been making a splash in the paddling world with unprecedented traction and comfort. We’re excited to see these popular shoes recognized by National Geographic as a must-have for the 2013 Spring/Summer! It is available in both men and women sizes.

Nemo Helio Portable Shower – Let this system absorb heat during the day then pressurize using the foot pump and enjoy 5 to 7 minutes of steady and satisfying water pressure. National Geographic says that “compared to what you’ve used before, [the Helio] will feel like the shower in a luxury hotel.”

Check out these unique products and see for yourself why they’ve been selected as the stuff you need to fully take advantage of the 2013 spring and summer seasons. Have experience with any of these products? We want to know! Just comment below.

Joseph@ACK

 

 

 

ACK Kayak Fishing Gear Guide: A Visual Presentation

When it comes to gearing up for kayak fishing, you really only need a few essential items such as your paddle, PFD, rod holders, a paddle leash and an anchor. But, when your fishing adventures become more numerous and you find yourself hitting your favorite fishing spots earlier and for a longer period of time, so will the need for more specialized kayak fishing gear. Check out this gear guide for some suggestions. - Roland @ACK

Native Watercraft Slayer 12 kayak Fishing Package!

With the growing popularity of the Native Watercraft Slayer 12, we decided it was about time we put together an all inclusive package to help you get out on the water with just the right gear that will get you fishing as quickly and as easily as possible! The Native Watercraft Slayer 12 Kayak Fishing Package comes with the Native Watercraft Slayer 12, a Bending Branches Slice Glass Kayak Paddle, a Stohlquist Fisherman PFD, two Installed Flush Mount Rod Holders, one installed Scotty Bait Caster Rod Holder, one Square Outfitting Plate and a Bungee Paddle Leash.

The Slayer 12 is one of the hottest fishing kayaks out on the market. It provides great stability (so much that you can stand with ease), ample gear storage, and superb paddling performance. If you get the chance, head on over to our website and give this awesome package a look.

Jerron@ACK